WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI

ROUND SPRING HERD

Tim Layton searching for Wild Horses of MissouriTim Layton searching for Wild Horses of Missouri The Round Spring herd is probably the second most popular herd because they are frequently found in and near the Echo Bluff state park.  Echo Bluff is Missouri's premier and newest state park with beauty abound and spectacular accommodations and campgrounds.  I frequent the grill there for lunch and dinner.

The Round Spring herd is frequently seen on Highway 19 and the surrounding areas between Round Spring and Echo Bluff, so be sure to keep your eyes open during this part of the drive.  There are very few places to stop or pull off, so be sure to be alert and don't get in an accident.  

As you can see from the photographs below, I have seen them along the river, under the bridge, and even in the campground area too.  

You can view the photographs of the current and historical members of the Round Spring herd below this paragraph. The members of each herd changes over time because of several factors.  Lead stallions are known for visiting other herds and bands to steal mares.  Yes, that is correct, the stallions literally swoop in and steal mares from other herds.  Also, because of the monitoring and management of the herd per the law, sometimes members are gathered up to keep the size of the herds within the bounds of the legal agreement.


ROUND SPRING HERD

Last Sighting:

January 16, 2021 9 Horses (verified) at Sinking Creek Campground

Round Spring Wild Horses 1/16/21 at Sinking Creek by Tim Layton

September 01, 2020 (9 horses (verified) Near Round Spring Campground - 1 new foal (colt))

Wild Horses of Missouri - Round Spring Herd - 04/04/2020 by Tim Layton

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HISTORY OF THE WILD HORSES OF MISSOURI

8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare and New Foal - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton8/1/20 - Shawnee Creek Mare and New Foal - Wild Horses of Missouri by Tim Layton Shannon County is home to an extraordinary herd of wild horses. Located in Southeast Missouri in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways on public land about 130 miles from Springfield and 150 miles from St. Louis.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is the first national park area to protect a river system and the only place in the state where wild horses still roam free. It hasn't been an easy path for the wild horses over the last 100 years and it would be foolish to think current conditions couldn't change and put the horses back in danger again. 

During the 1980s the National Park Service announced a plan to remove the wild horses, and people were outraged. 

In 1993 the U.S. Supreme Court denied a final appeal to protect the horses and gave the National Park Service the right to remove the horses from federal land at their discretion.  

The national park service started the process of removing the wild horses in a way that was profoundly upsetting to local residents and horse lovers around the country.  The people of Shannon County and horse lovers around the country rallied together and the Wild Horse League of Missouri was formed.

Wild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Shannon County Missouri by Tim Layton Luckily, by 1996 the Wild Horse League of Missouri, which formed in 1992 to save the wild horses, received help from the people of Shannon County, Congressman Bill Emerson, and Senators Kit Bond and John Ashcroft.

Their tireless efforts paid off, and President Clinton signed a bill into law on October 3, 1996, to make the wild horses of Shannon County a permanent part of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.  

Now, people from around the world visit Shannon County in hopes of seeing these majestic wild horses.

The Missouri Wild Horse League works with the National Park Service to capture some of the horses when the herd exceeds 50.  The captured horses are taken into care and evaluated before being adopted by loving families for permanent homes.

It is important to remember that these horses are wild. When looking for them, be sure not to approach them or attempt to feed them. It is essential to keep these animals wild and free, and for you to be safe. The horses are big, strong, and unpredictable and for your own safety as well as theirs, keep a safe distance of 100 yards or more between you and the horses. 

 

The Wild Horses of Missouri are generally organized into 4 herds and 5 bands to include: Shawnee Creek, Broadfoot, Round Spring, and Rocky Creek. You can click on each of the herd names and review the latest information about each herd.  If you would like to get more information on where to find the Wild Horses of Missouri, review my detailed online guide for the latest information.

Wild Horses of Missouri Broadfoot Herd by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Broadfoot Herd by Tim Layton Wild Horses of Missouri Rocky Creek Herd by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Rocky Creek Herd by Tim Layton

Wild Horses of Missouri Round Spring Herd by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Round Spring Herd by Tim Layton Wild Horses of Missouri Shawnee Creek Herd by Tim LaytonWild Horses of Missouri Shawnee Creek Herd by Tim Layton

ROUND SPRING HERD TRACKING HISTORY

August 01, 2021 Did not find the herd today

April 25, 2021 Did not find the herd today

January 27, 2021 Did not find the herd today (GC, SC, EB)

January 24, 2021 Did not find the herd today (GC)

January 20, 2021 Did not find the herd today (SC, RSC)

January 16, 2021 9 Horses (verified) at Sinking Creek Campground

September 01, 2020 (9 horses (verified) Near Round Spring Campground - 1 new foal (colt))

August 31, 2020 (9 horses (verified) Near Round Spring Campground)

August 04, 2020 (mare and foal (colt) at Round Spring Campground)

April 06, 2020: Did not find the herd today in all known locations (SCC, EB, RSC)

April 04, 2020: 8 horses spotted in the RoundSpring herd at SCC area